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    Penicillium: Brief Summary
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    Penicillium (/ˌpɛnɪˈsɪliəm/) ascomycetous fungi are of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production.

    Some members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria. Other species are used in cheesemaking. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species.

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